We had a nice opportunity to sleep in just a little bit this morning, after which we had a delicious breakfast at the de Wit’s (once again, that is not including the single ladies). Even the little times of fellowship here have been so sweet. Our time of chatting over morning coffee and throughout breakfast was such a joy. It is amazing to see how the gospel of Christ unifies regardless of background, culture, or status. Speaking of unity, that is what Tom shared about this morning. Specifically, unity through humility. Our team had wonderful insights into what humility is and what it isn’t, but ultimately we all came back to the word of God.
“Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.”
After devotions, we went back to Safari’s to meet up with the single ladies and finish up most of the projects we had been working on. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to finish all of the drywalling on the inside of the Wendy. However, one of the blessings of working on things here in South Africa is that there is no shortage of willing laborers. Even though we weren’t able to finish everything up, the work will be completed soon. Randy, Andre, and the Living Hope Church body are so skilled and willing to serve, they set a great example of hard work and diligence.
Thankfully, we aren’t here just to “do” things, but it is still rewarding to be able to look back over the past week and see the things that God has accomplished through us. Looking at relationships we’ve built, friendships we’ve rekindled, and projects we’ve taken part in; it is clear that God has been graciously watching over this trip and sovereignly working through this team.
To be honest, that is not even our whole team. While you may have only sent out a team of ten, you have been supporting, encouraging, and praying for a team that is much much larger. You have spent the past week encouraging us, and that ‘us’ has continued to grow. The Clarks, the de Wits, the Macks, and the whole Living Hope Church have become part of this team. Thank you for supporting us and giving us this opportunity. Please pray that we would use our very last day here in the best way possible for the glory of God.
After some hard work, we went shopping at a crazy, barter your way around market with a bunch of little shops. It was a lot of fun, but a little too stressful for some of our team members. After that, we went to a restaurant to enjoy our last dinner with this big “team” that has continued to grow and grow. Oh yeah, we got to eat Crocodile, Ostrich, Lamb, and a variety of special sides. It was exciting, but more exciting than any of that was just being together with these brothers and sisters that we have grown to know and love so dearly.
We are sad to go, but excited to be home and reunited with you all!
God’s blessing and peace be with you!